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Love Hard

Released: 5th November 2021

Cast: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet & James Saito

Director: Hernan Jimenez

Writer: Daniel Mackey & Rebecca Ewing

Duration: 1hr 44mins

Rating: 15

Genres: Comedy & Romance.

Synopsis: An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she’s been catfished. This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles her attempt to reel in love.

My thoughts:

The Rom-Com genre isn’t my first pick, but I decided to watch this movie with my mum as a favourite of hers. She enjoyed it. She smiled and laughed loads, which was a positive for me. Plus, they say that some bonding time between mother and daughter is excellent for the soul.

I find Rom-Coms predictable. Woman meets man; they bond and fall in love. Then an obstacle is revealed that adds a twist to the storyline prompting them to go separate ways. They realise they’ve made a mistake; they make amends and live happily ever after.

I understand that some movies are based on fictional characters but stay with me as I explain why Rom-Coms are not my favourite. I grew up on Disney fairy tales like most of my generation. They provided you with a sense that true love conquers all, no matter of colour or creed. I still believe in love to a certain extent, but I (me, you & we) live in the physical world and have discovered over time that love can be cruel and severe. People you love the hardest can sometimes ruin it, which means the fairy tale doesn’t always translate in real life.

You came here from a movie review, so let me continue.

Socialising outdoors with someone new has become something you do after you’ve swiped left or right on a dating app first. As Natalie and Josh’s romance blossoms over the phone, she accepts her newfound courage and surprises Josh at his family home for Christmas. During her arrival, she discovers that she got catfished. Ouch!... That must have hurt like hell. I would’ve returned home, but Natalie had different ideas. She stayed and developed a crazy plot with Josh that goes wrong.

Josh had a wonderful family, but the movie implies they love his brother Owen and Christmas more. Everything was about tradition, filled with the typical Christmas props inside and out. As the storyline continued, I became invested in these two characters who never had much confidence to begin. They somehow discovered that establishing an honest friendship where both individuals appreciated everything the opposite had to offer would, in turn, provide them with the love and happiness they both deserved.

Netflix didn’t knock it out of the park with this one. It is more like a stocking filler than a main present. Something you’ll find on Channel 5 on a Saturday afternoon, but I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a light-hearted Christmas movie as they commence down the rabbit hole for this year’s festive season with some popcorn and a glass of wine.

My Star rating: 3/5.

All images taken from Google Images.

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